Ferrari have targeted their first Formula 1 title in a decade after unveiling a striking 2018 car.
The new Ferrari, named the SF-71H, was revealed by drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen in Italy with the car featuring many traits of its five-time race-winning predecessor, but clear aerodynamic improvements around the sidepods.
The new challenger is also believed to have a longer wheelbase to move it more into line with rival Mercedes’ design.
Ferrari have competed in every season in F1 history but have warned they could quit the sport unless they are satisfied with proposed changes beyond 2021.
Ferrari: Four fast facts
- Ferrari’s Drivers’ Championship drought now stretches to 11 years back to 2007
- Sebastian Vettel will rack up his 200th F1 start at the third round of 2018 in China
- Ferrari’s five poles in 2017 were as many as the previous eight years combined
- Kimi Raikkonen has gone 94 starts and five years without an F1 race victory
The new Ferrari is believed to be slightly longer than its predecessor, although much of the work at Ferrari’s Maranello base this winter will have focused on eliminating the flaws which proved so costly in 2017.
Vettel led the standings for the season’s first 12 rounds before being overhauled by Lewis Hamilton, with a start-line crash in Singapore and successive engine problems in Malaysia and Japan scuppering his challenge.
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